Editor's note: Every Tuesday and Thursday during this sports hiatus, we'll answer questions that Bay Area sports fans long have debated in "Ever Wonder?" This Thursday: How did "Mr. Irrelevant" originate?
The "Mr. Irrelevant" title is given to the final pick of the NFL draft each year. However, the origin is anything but insignificant.
Ever wonder where the label got started? Hint: The 49ers had something to do with it.
Former 49ers wideout Paul Salata became known for creating this unique honor. He also owns the distinction of scoring the first touchdown for the 49ers in the NFL.
Salata wanted to leave some type of legacy behind after he retired, and the idea for Mr. Irrelevant was born.
The story behind it all is in the video atop this post.
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